This is an exciting week in our house!
Grandma and Grandpa (Mama’s mama and dada) arrived from all the way across the country for a visit with us. You’ve probably heard them talking, haven’t you? I can tell Grandma is hoping she’ll get to see or feel you kick, so make sure you don’t hold back. They’re very, very excited about getting to meet you.
Your big brother Tucker also turned two years old this week! What a milestone. We went to the park with some of his friends, and Dada even made a cake in the shape of one of Tucker’s favorite friends: Elmo the monster! It was a lot of fun, and someday you’ll get to have birthday parties like that too. Don’t grow up too fast though, okay?
This week you’ve grown to about the length of an ear of corn. Dada thinks corn on the cob is one of his favorite vegetables to eat, even if it can be messy and get stuck in your teeth. Farmers around where we live grow lots of corn, so you’ll get to see big fields of it after you are born. In Autumn, many places even grow cornfields especially so they can make them into a big maze. Mama and Dada love to go to corn mazes together, and we’d love to take you and Tucker too.
I love lettuce wraps.
I also love Thai food, so this recipe from Cooks Illustrated was a no-brainer the minute I saw it and knew I had a pork tenderloin crying out for me to be used.
This is a great way to introduce your kids to healthy Asian food, and some new flavors to their palette. Just tell them they’re having Thai lettuce tacos or something. 😉
Oh, and feel free to omit the pepper flakes if you’re worried about spiciness. I didn’t find this to be overly hot, but your mileage (or that of your kids) may vary. You could also try using chicken or turkey if you’d like, but I’d still recommend using the same process of grinding it yourself, and be careful not to overcook and dry out the meat.
NOTE: If you’re not familiar with fish sauce (or don’t like fish) don’t give in to the temptation to leave it out. It wouldn’t be the end of the world, but if you enjoy good Thai food, fish sauce is part of the unique flavor — and you’ve already had it and just didn’t know it! Also, don’t skip the toasted rice either! It’s important to the texture and flavor of the dish. Any style of white rice can be used.
I’ve never thought of myself as much of a worrier.
However, when it comes to my son, at times I’m not so different from many parents–the ones whose entire day seems to be filled with time spent worrying about the potential hazards and dangers to children that surely are around every corner, just waiting to pounce.
This generation of parents really does seem to worry more than any other before us. We baby-proof everything, we buy or boycott products based on ever fluctuating recalls and rumors, and we spend far too much time worrying about all the things we think are going to scare, injure or kill our child the moment our back is turned. It’s no stretch to admit that many parents even go so far as to feel like their excessive worrying makes them better parents. But the truth is, the things we worry about the most are the things least likely to ever harm our child, and we waste far too much time, money and sleepless nights worrying.
Enter: The Paranoid Parents Guide.
This morning I was lying in bed with my eyes closed, still awake from Anna’s goodbye as she left for work, when Tucker started to stir. And by “stir” I mean I could hear through the baby monitor that he had started that still-sleepy whine all parents come to know.
It was a little earlier than normal, so I thought I’d give him a few minutes and maybe he’d fall back to sleep and allow me to get a little bit more as well? Then the monitor went quiet, and I hoped for the best, but shortly after he started chatting.
It’s unusual for him to wake up and go so quickly to talking (I can only assume he was conversing with Pooh Bear), so I took the chance to just lay there and listen to what he was saying. I won’t recount everything, although I thought it particularly funny when I heard him say “Where Bunny? Oh… Bunny sleeeeeping.” Adorable.
A few minutes later the actual crying and pleas of “Up? Up?” started, so I went to rescue him and we started our day.
Anyhow, what struck me though were the very first words out of his mouth that morning:
“Elmo? Where Elmo?”
My goodness you’re an active little guy, Boo.
As you continue to grow every day, Mama can feel you moving and exploring your world with your hands and feet all the time. You’re just a little ball of energy, constantly moving around. So much, in fact, that this week we could even see your movements inside Mama from the outside!
It’s pretty incredible. You’re so much like your brother already.
This week you’ve grown to weigh as much as a large mango. They’re an amazingly delicious fruit that is sometimes hard to prepare, but are worth the work. Dada loves cooking and eating mangoes, but not as much as I love you.
There are a handful of things during a pregnancy that one’s friends and family often wait with baited breath to hear about.
There’s the initial announcement, of course, commonly getting a lot of “I knew it!” responses from those who suspected. There is, assuming the parents wish to find out and/or share, the news of the baby’s gender (and much guessing and predicting about it beforehand). There’s the Big Day, when baby arrives.
And then, assuming there isn’t an assumed tradition involved (William Charles Kingston IV, at your service), there is the big revelation of baby’s name.
It’s September now, and though summer seemed to speed by too quickly, fall is on the horizon and it’s nice to be able to go out with your Mama and Tucker without having to deal with the heat and humidity.
On the weekend we went to an apple festival nearby. It was a lot of fun, and we ran into many friends there. We picked apples in the orchards, and had apple cider, and just enjoyed being together as a family. I know you were there with us too, but I look forward to the days when you and Tucker are both old enough to fill up your own baskets together. Dada made apple crisp for Mama, but now I have so many apples I guess I’ll be making applesauce and apple pie and apple butter and who knows what else! 🙂
This week you’ve grown to the length of a spaghetti squash, a really delicious variety of winter squash that we just love. It’s quite unique, in that when it’s cooked the flesh of the squash falls into thin strands like spaghetti — hence the name! In addition to being yummy, it’s also good for you, so I hope you like it too!
What a busy week this has been for our family as summertime starts winding down! Could you tell? We had a playdate with friends, a picnic by the lake, and even went to the zoo. Good thing we managed to squeeze in a family nap-time too!
It’s been great to see so many friends lately and talk to them about how excited we all are to meet you. Many of our friends here in Pennsylvania also have boys like you and Tucker, so we look forward to when you’ll be able to play with a big gaggle of other little boys together.
You are growing and moving like crazy. So much, that I finally got to feel you moving inside Mama for the first time! It was very special to get to feel my little boy like that.
This week you’ve grown to the length of a large carrot! Carrots are a very healthy vegetable that also happen to be delicious — bunny rabbits love them. In fact I bet that when the time comes for you to eat solid food, carrots will be one of your favorites. They sure were for your big brother!